Football history: USSR national team at the 1966 World Cup, Yashin and arbitrary arbitrariness

18-08-2017, 12:05
In 1966, at the World Championships in England, the USSR national team lost in the semifinals to a team from the Federal Republic of Germany, which many believe is unfair, deserving of victory in the tournament.
Football history: USSR national team at the 1966 World Cup, Yashin and arbitrary arbitrariness
The 1966 World Cup is probably the only world championship to which our team approached, being among the favorites. The victory at Euro-1960, and the qualification to the finals of the 1964 European Championship, and the games in the qualifying group, where we won first place, scored five brilliant victories in six games, spoke for this. Yes, and the composition of our team then crept more than serious.
If someone doubted our claim to the title before the start of the final part of the world championship, then after three victories in three games in the group stage, all questions should have disappeared by themselves. At first, the Soviet players finished with the North Korean national team, whose strength at that time was greatly underestimated.In the second round, thanks to a goal by Igor Chislenko, strong Italy was beaten, which in two years will become the champion of Europe. Finally, in the third match of the group stage, the Chilean national team raised their hands - Porkuyan's two goals - and the victory was 2: 1.
Football history: USSR national team at the 1966 World Cup, Yashin and arbitrary arbitrariness
In the quarterfinal, which at that time was the first stage of the playoffs, we fell to play with Hungary - one of the strongest teams of the continent. And we won with the score 2: 1, thanks to the goals of the very same Chislenko and the discoveries of this championship, Porkuyan.
In the semifinals, the USSR national team was already waiting for a team from Germany. The Germans were not yet the machine that became to be considered after this championship. They were quoted at the level of the Hungarian national team, and in the game with them the USSR was not inferior, if not even considered the favorite. In England, this semi-final was called the early final, believing that the winner of the USSR match - Germany would win the final match. And this, despite the fact that in the second semifinal the England team played - the home team of the tournament.
The game was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. London and took place in Liverpool, which then became the capital of important matches, pushing even London into the background. According to eyewitnesses, the apple in the stands had nowhere to fall, and even in the box where the most important guests from the FIFA family sat, they had to deliver stools to the existing benches.38,400 fans came to the match, a few dozen of whom were from the USSR, and 8,000 were German fans.
Football history: USSR national team at the 1966 World Cup, Yashin and arbitrary arbitrariness
From this moment all begin “if” and “if not” for our team. And the first “if”, which was felt in the course of the tournament: oh, if Edward Streltsov went to this World Cup, who returned to big football after imprisonment. Yes, it was not the Streltsov, that in 1958, but he was still one of the best. There was another “if” associated with the line-up that went to the 1966 World Cup. And the main question concerned the midfielder of Dynamo Kiev, Andrei Biba, who became the best footballer in the country in the 1966 season.
But the game started without these players. And already in the seventh minute, the Soviet football doctors spelled over another broken footballer from Kiev, Jozhef Szabo, one of the leaders of the USSR national team. A gross violation, which was not decided by the arbiter, he was practically taken out of the game until the end of the match. And here the modern fan will ask himself a question: why not replace the injured football player? But here we remember what year it was. In 1966, replacements during the match were still banned - the squad, who entered the field, finished the game to the end, no matter what. Sabo almost got up.And after another rough reception from Franz Beckenbauer, he turned off the match altogether. In fact, from the very beginning of the match, our players played in the numerical minority. And here’s another “if”: oh, if then it was possible to make replacements.
Football history: USSR national team at the 1966 World Cup, Yashin and arbitrary arbitrariness
The Germans continued to play rough, if not even say dirty, throughout the match. But the referee Conchetto Lo Bello did not show them a single red card. Interestingly, what would have happened if the Italian judge had not been appointed to the match of the USSR - Germany, who was probably ill for his national team, whom we were not allowed to leave the group for? Did he not harm the Soviet Union for it?
And it is still difficult to imagine what would have happened if the same referee had not removed our leader, Igor Chislenko, from the field at the end of the first half. Yes, he played hard, attacking a German footballer, but the German in the preceding episode showed himself not like an angel.
Football history: USSR national team at the 1966 World Cup, Yashin and arbitrary arbitrariness
As a result, the USSR national team, who played the first half with the ten players, and the second - and at all the two men missed the Germans first in the 42nd minute - Hellmut Haller sent the ball into the goal by Lev Yashin. And then the second goal into our gates flew in from the foot of Beckenbauer, in the 67th minute.
The second half of the Soviet footballers possessed an advantage, which could be realized only in the 88th minute by the efforts of Valery Porkuyan. They could have scored more, but the only chance that Porkuyan didn't use was to break through the gate. And despite this, a crowd of English viewers chanted the name of Lev Yashin - the best player of that match. The next day, English newspapers came out with headlines screaming about the uncertain victory of the FRG team. In the text, many had written that nine Russians played better than 11 Germans. They also wrote that in the second half, panic swept the defense of the FRG team ...
Football history: USSR national team at the 1966 World Cup, Yashin and arbitrary arbitrariness
But the USSR national team did not bring any consolation. We lost. All these “if”, of course, add us optimism and patriotism, but in any defeat there is also the fault of the losing team. So they did something wrong. It means that somewhere they have failed, have not reached, have not jumped.
What happened next, we all remember. USSR lost to Portugal, led by brilliant Eusebio in the match for third place. And our side referee Tofiq Bakhramov peculiarly avenged the German national team, advising the main arbiter to count the controversial goal scored on the England team in the 1966 World Cup final, when the ball hit the goal line, flew into the field.
That episode remains controversial to this day.Experts even with the use of the most modern technologies have not come to a common opinion, whether the goal or not. The same applies to the question whether the USSR national team would have won if the Italian judge was more objective? But even a supercomputer cannot theoretically answer this question.

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